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[Amateur films: Ivan Besse collection: Britton, South Dakota 1938-39] (Part VIII)

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[Amateur films: Ivan Besse collection: Britton, South Dakota 1938-39] (Part VIII)


Published 1938


Daily life in a South Dakota town during the Great Depression, shot by Ivan Besse.


Run time 14:10
Producer Besse (Ivan)
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Si, B&W

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Reviewer: ERD. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2010
Subject: Part 8 of Besse's amateur late 1930's film of Britton,S.D.
This portion features more people walking on Main street, moving a barn, elemntary school children having a recess, and high school stduents exiting. All captured on film for future generations to see.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2005
Subject: A Barn buster!
We start again with more street scenes,.. Hmm a lot more so this time.. Whoa, check out the shoulder pads on that woman! Ha ha! You just cant dart into any old building to avoid the camera lady! Dang that purse made a perfect camera shield! More window cleaners!! Then we ge a curious shot.. a baby indoors!! Hmmm OK, back outside we go! Guy filling his car with gas! Wonder how much that cost.. Next.. Snow scenes! Kids pulling another kid on a sled! More outside scenes.. looks like the men are outside congregating for a reason.. next.. Were on a field.. Hmm.. are they demolishing a barn? Whoa, dont go TOO far under that barn mister1 Im still mystified what they are doing..
WHOA! Are they trying to move it? With a single tractor? Hah! This should be good! Wow,. They ARE doing it, and slowly! With wood reinforcements to keep a smooth rolling surface and men to help dig the barn out! That barn though, looks AWFULLY rickety Are we done with the barn? Are we back to street scenes? Apparently so! Whoa, a lot of people are in a sour mood.. as in Im not paying attention to the camera.. I like how that one woman tries to shield her face with a tennis racket! LOL Then, we have a building.. Looks like the school! Yes, I was right! The first two kids we see are impossibly well behaved and dressed. And here come the kids! Looks like Besse is focusing on the younger kids this time! Theres football1 And FIGHTING!! Yessss! Hmm theres a teacher.. this actually could be a recess. An older kid does a jig.. not too sure what the name of that one is.. Like the gang mentality that some of the kids possess when theyre with their friends (as in 12:43) Oh, here come the older kids! Awww, theres a girl waiting for a boy to come out! Sweeet! Ok, back to on the street, and uh, a bashful merchant it looks like. And some more street shots, and thats it!!
Reviewer: Kieran Kenney - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2004
Subject: typical besse material
The usual shots of people going about their shopping and hamming it up for the camera. One scene made me nervous. When that barn was being lowered down the hill I kept expecting it to fall and crush the guy standing below. Great period fashions as well, and nice playground scenes as well.
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